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Careers in Athletic Training

Recognized by the American Medical Association as allied health professionals, athletic trainers specialize in the prevention, diagnosis, assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of athletic-related injuries and illnesses.  Through education and the dissemination of information, athletic trainers also play a role in injury prevention.  In light of this role and the current concern about rising healthcare costs, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that employment of athletic trainers is projected to grow 37 percent through 2018, much faster than the average for all occupations.

As an athletic training major, you will be prepared to make a difference in a number of fields:

  • Certified athletic trainer (ATC) at the professional, college or high school level
  • Allied-health fields
  • Sports medicine centers
  • Non-traditional settings including industry, rodeo, NASCAR, military and professional golf
  • Orthopedic physician extender

Or, you may choose to pursue graduate school to study any number of innovative fields:

  • Athletic training
  • Physician assistant
  • Nursing
  • Exercise physiology
  • Physical therapy
  • Sport psychology
  • Sport nutrition
  • Podiatry
  • Emergency medical technician
  • Kinesiology or biomechanics

Profile of Athletic Trainers